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Sunday 22 September 2013

The Cycling Ulster Off-road Commission organised a cyclo-cross training day on Sunday 22 September 2013 at Lurgan Park which will be the venue for the upcoming Ulster CX series which starts in two weeks.  This is the third year that the commission has organised this training and again they are very thankful for the support of Fred MacSorley and Roger Aiken.  Thirteen riders came along at midday to enjoy a healthy lunch which was followed by a Powerpoint presentation about the sport, the nature of the courses, duration, equipment, training, and preparation for race day. 



It was then time to head outside into the lovely surroundings of the park.  We were again lucky with the weather for another year as it was dy and warm, very unlike the conditions usually experienced for cyclo-cross.  Fred and Roger took the riders through the skills required in dismounting and mounting at speed, lifting the bike, carrying the bike, cornering, bunny-hops, riding off-camber and sprinting.  The improvements in the riders' ability was easy to observe especially when they were asked to try out new skills and riding styles.  Fred and Roger were on hand giving out advice and encouragement.  There was a great selection of comic falls from many of the riders as they pushed ability and tyres to the limit.

 

As part of the training the riders were given an escorted cycle around the proposed course for Round 1 of the series which is due to take place on Sunday 6 October 2013.  The group stopped at various points to discuss specific details on cornering and riding through mud.  The training finished around 4pm.  Many thanks to Craigavon Borough Council for the use of the facilitiies.

 

For more details about the upcoming cyclo-cross season see UlsterCycloCross.com. The rounds will also have a full schedule of youth races and a mountain bike support race. Even if you are not planning on racing, these are great events for spectators as the course are short in distance and short in length (around one hour).

 

More photos here

Posted by Martin Grimley

 

 

With the upcoming Cyclo-cross season about to start in October, the Cycling Ulster Off-road commission have organised a Cyclo-cross training day on Sunday 22 September 2013 at Lurgan Park.  Start time 12 pm with lunch to begin.  Finish 4 pm.

There will be a mix of classroom style talks on the sport, the equipment, race preparation and training, etc before the practical work outside.  
There are a unique set of skills for cyclo-cross racing which will include dismounts, remounts, cornering and tackling barriers and steps.
There will also be a tour of the course for the upcoming first round of the 2013 series which is being held at Lurgan Park.

This years training will be geared towards both the "novice/beginner" and those who have raced in the past and want to improve their skills.  As per last year the commission is proud to have Roger Aiken as one of the trainers.  
Roger is the current Irish cyclo-cross champion and will be on hand throughout the practical work.

The training is aimed at those aged 16 or over who will be taking part in cyclo-cross races this year and the cost will be £10 per person payable on the day (£5 for riders aged 16-17)
  • All riders must have a current Cycling Ireland licence.  
    (If you need to get one then please contact Martin for advice using the email address below.)
  • All riders to bring along their cyclo-cross bike for the practical sessions
  • A helmet must be worn
In order to help organise numbers for catering purposes, all those wishing to attend the training must pre-register.
Pre-registration closes on Friday 20 September 2013 at 8 pm.

To see who has pre-registered click here

Map of Lurgan Park here

Click here to view a report from the training day held on 23 September 2012

If you have any questions please contact Martin Grimley either by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by text message to 07899 913865.